Upcoming Trainings and Events

Get Mobile-Ready for Year-End (Webinar)

Nov. 24, 2014

With Darian Rodriguez Heyman, co-founder & chief development officer of BetterWorld Wireless

There are now more cell phones than toothbrushes in the world. As of last year, smartphones surpassed regular phone sales by leagues. How can your nonprofit use mobile for good, especially as it relates to your crucial end-of-year fundraising efforts?
Join us for this free webinar, during which Darian will walk you through building a mobile website, explain text-to-donate campaigns, and lay out social media integration. You’ll leave with a full understanding of why mobile presents a huge opportunity for any nonprofit along with a practical checklist of the most important mobile tips and tools for your cause. Please register here.

News Forum on Race, Ethnicity and Coverage

Dec. 2, 2014

With Niala Boodhoo, WBEZ – Chicago Public Media; Alejandro Escalona, Telemundo Chicago; Darryl Holliday, DNAinfo Chicago; Teresa Puente, Columbia College Chicago; and Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, Chicago Sun-Times

Join us for a lively discussion of the state of journalism in Chicago today, focusing on how a lack of diversity in newsrooms affects their ability to tell Chicago’s stories. What are your responsibilities as a journalist? What stories are we missing? What does the future look like and how can we influence it?

Refreshments will be served. Thank you to the Newspaper Guild of the Communications Workers of America and the National Association of Black Journalists for sponsoring this event. Please register here.

Reporting Back: Perspectives on Violence in Chicago Communities

Dec. 10, 2014

With Susy Schultz, president of the Community Media Workshop; Jim Kirk,editor-in-chief and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times; and Alison Scholly, chief operating officer for Chicago Public Media.

How can community issues be fairly represented in the media? What is missing in reporting about Chicago? We invite you to a conversation with top media leaders and stakeholders following a screening of “Ricochet: Life in a City under Siege from Guns,” the MSNBC online series about gun violence in Chicago directed by journalist and the Workshop’s director of community and ethnic media, Stephen Franklin, and Medill School of Journalism professor, Craig Duff.

The evening kicks off a three-month reporting project partnering journalists with community residents to produce multimedia stories on key community issues in Chicago.

Refreshments will be served. Thank you to Illinois Humanities Council for co-sponsoring this event and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for making this event possible in part. Please register here.

Call for Nominations: 2015 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards

The Studs Terkel Community Media Awards and Scholarship

Call for 2015 nominations — Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014

“I’m celebrated for celebrating the uncelebrated.”

~ Studs Terkel


WHO: You. We need you to nominate a phenomenal journalist.

WHAT: The Studs Terkel Community Media Award is named for legendary Chicago writer Studs Terkel. For 20 years, the Community Media Workshop has honored Chicago journalists—nearly 70 of them—whose work amplifies authentic community voices, thereby illuminating Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and complex issues. This award was not just named for the great storyteller, but, until he died in 2009, Studs was integral in selecting the winners. Since then, the Workshop continues to honor his legacy by identifying journalists whose work embodies the Studs Terkel spirit of storytelling. But as we can’t be everywhere, we need your help.

WHEN: Please submit nominations via email by Dec. 1 to Maggie Walker (Maggie@newstips.org).

  • The award recognizes a body of work, rather than a single article or series, and is open to journalists working in both traditional and new media, at any stage of his or her career.
  • The work must demonstrate quality journalism, authentic storytelling and be exemplary when it comes to Stud’s gift of giving voice to the voiceless.
  • Nominations must include the reporter’s name and media outlet, as well as at least three examples of his or her work. Please include a 100-word-or-less explanation of how the nominee’s reporting has given voice to Chicago’s diverse communities and made an impact on a community or cause.
  • Nominations will be evaluated by a committee of journalists, communicators, academics and nonprofit leaders.


WHERE: Awardees will be announced in January and honored on the evening of March 12, 2015.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Maggie Walker (Maggie@newstips.org) or Susy Schultz (@Susys, Susy@newstips.org), or call the Community Media Workshop at 312-369-6400.

PAST WINNERS: 2014: Steve Bogira, Alejandro Escalona, Steve James & Gordon Quinn 2013: Megan Cottrell, Fernando Diaz, Dave Hoekstra, 2012: Mick Dumke, Maria Hinojosa, Chip Mitchell, 2011: Linda Lenz, Kari Lydersen, Antonio Olivo 2010: Kate Grossman, Natalie Moore, Progress Illinois 2009: Thom Clark, David Jackson, Alden Loury, Scott Simon 2008: Tom McNamee, Dawn Turner Trice, WRTE 90.5FM Radio Arte 2007: Mary Helt Gavin, Stephen Franklin, WRTO 1200 AM La Tremenda 2006: Mark Brown, Mary C. Johns & The Editorial Staff of Residents’ Journal, Renee Ferguson 2005: Tracy Baim, John Conroy, Mary Schmich, James Weinstein 2004: Alex Kotlowitz, Linda Lutton, Phil Ponce 2003: Rick Kogan, Jorge Mota, Tom Weinberg 2002: Shirley Jahad, Phil Kadner, Curtis Lawrence, WVON – AM 1450 2001: Cornelia Grumman, Martha Irvine, Salim Muwakkil 2000: Lee Bey, Ira Glass, Teresa Puente 1999: John Anderson, Hank DeZutter, Harry Porterfield, Laura Washington, John White 1998: Ben Hollis, Chinta Strausberg, Eric Zorn 1997: John McDermott, Mary Mitchell, Don Terry 1996: Carol Marin, Achy Obejas, Ray Suarez 1995: Vernon Jarrett, Ben Joravsky, Charles Nicodemus 1994: Cheryl Corley, David Moberg, M.W. Newman.





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